List Of Writing Conferences

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A free list of writing conferences and other events for writers. These conferences are listed in alphabetical order by state. Conferences outside of the United States, including events held/offered at multiple locations, are listed at the bottom.

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Title: InScribe Christian Writers' Fellowship Fall Conference
State: Alberta, Canada
Registration Due: 9/26/13
Conf. Dates:9/26/2014 - 9/27/2014
Info:Enjoy a weekend where writers—seasoned or just beginning—connect for fellowship, encouragement, and support. Come on out and learn from the humor and wisdom of Phil Callaway, our keynote for 2014, as well as from a variety of workshops and presenters.
URL: Inscribe Christian Writers' Fellowship Fall Conference

Title: Southwest Valley Writers Conference: Write Outside the Lines!
State: Arizona
Registration Due: Early Registration: 10/10/14
Conf. Dates:11/15/2014 - 11/15/2014
Info:This one-day event is designed to allow you to connect with industry professionals and other writers who have gathered to share their knowledge and love of writing. Keynote Speakers: Jana Bommersbach and Bill Konigsberg.
URL: Southwest Valley Writers Conference

Title: The Writing Salon
State: California
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:2/14/2014 - 12/1/2014
Info:Various classes. See site for more details. Creative Writing Classes — Serving the Bay Area — Fiction, Non-Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction (Personal Essays/Memoirs) Screenwriting, Playwriting, Poetry, Children's Books, Travel Writing, Food Writing, Marketing and Publishing and more
URL: The Writing Salon

Title: San Diego Christian Writers Guild "Writing for Life" Fall Conference
State: California
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:10/24/2014 - 10/25/2014
Info:Our fall writers conference is for all writers–beginners to professionals, and those who are wondering if this is what they are called to do. Our workshops offer instruction in how to get started, self-publishing, fiction, non fiction, marketing, book proposals, screen writing, script writing, journalism, as well as spiritual inspiration —and more. The Friday evening and all day Saturday conference is designed to instruct, inspire and let you meet the writers, editors, and publishers who are committed to helping you write, get published and follow the Lord’s call on your life. We’re here to help you use your gifts. 15 minute consultations available to participants with select faculty (see website for details).
URL: "Writing for Life" Fall Conference

Title: Dorland Mountain Arts Colony Artist-in-Residence Program
State: California
Registration Due: Rolling Admissions
Conf. Dates:11/14/2014 - 11/15/2014
Info:Dorland, located in the hills overlooking wine country in Southern California, offers residencies to writers and other artists from 1 week-2 months. Private cottages with beautiful views. Trails.
URL: Dorland Mountain Arts Colony

Title: The Peripatetic Writing Workshop
State: Florida
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014
Info:The Peripatetic Writing Workshop, Inc, is known for warm yet rigorous critiques of novels, short stories and creative nonfiction in small, intimate groups. The workshops are conducted based on Martha's and Maureen's experiences leading the Peripatetic over 20 years, as well as from years of teaching creative writing at New York University, The Writer's Voice, The New York Writers Workshop and other schools and colleges. Published authors and free-lance editors with substantial contacts in the publishing world, they've worked with many writers who have gone on to publish successfully. Ongoing dates.
URL: The Peripatetic Writing Workshop

Title: 2014 Florida Writers Annual Conference
State: Florida
Registration Due: 9/22/14
Conf. Dates:10/23/2014 - 10/26/2014
Info:Agents, publishers, workshops, interviews, and more! For information, visit
URL: 2014 Florida Writers Annual Conference

Title: Sanibel Island Writers Conference
State: Florida
Registration Due: Open until full
Conf. Dates:11/6/2014 - 11/9/2014
Info:Participants at all stages of development—from notebook scribblers to published novelists—are invited to attend a variety of workshops in fiction, poetry, songwriting, children’s literature, journalism, screenwriting, and creative nonfiction; panels in publishing & editing; and readings, keynote addresses, & concerts. All scheduled events are presented by celebrated and experienced writers and teachers, and open to full-time registrants. The conference welcomes any aspiring writer who wants to create new work or refine a project already in progress.
URL: Sanibel Island Writers Conference

Title: 11th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival
State: Florida
Registration Due: 11/11/14
Conf. Dates:1/19/2015 - 1/24/2015
Info:A full week of poetry events in Delray Beach where Poetry is Alive! Workshops, readings, craft talks, interviews, one-on-one conferences, annual gala celebration, late night coffee house, and more. Focus on your work with America’s most engaging and awards-winning poets. Faculty: Chard deNiord, Linda Gregerson, Thomas Lux, Maurice Manning, Molly Peacock, Brenda Shaughnessy, Patricia Smith, Robert Wrigley. Special guest, Dan Gioia.
URL: 11th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival

Title: Bearing Witness: A Journey Into You Writing Workshop
State: Georgia
Registration Due: 8/25/14
Conf. Dates:10/25/2014 - 10/25/2014
Info:Personally intuitive and deeply motivational, this creative event is designed to unlock the door that has been blocking you from exploring the world of writing. It will ease you into your personal creativity, allowing you to fully embrace the power and grace of the written word.
URL: Bearing Witness: A Journey Into You Writing Workshop

Title: Indiana Faith and Writing Conference
State: Indiana
Registration Due: 10/17/14
Conf. Dates:10/31/2014 - 11/1/2014
Info:The English Department at Anderson University is pleased to present the Indiana Faith and Writing Conference (IFWC). Formerly known as the Indianapolis Christian Writers Conference, hosted by Wesleyan Publishing House, this event has been beloved by writers for more than ten years. The IFWC provides publishing opportunities for those communicating the Good News through the written word while mentoring writers to create works of literary and academic excellence. Our keynote speakers this year are Ken Abraham, Philip Gulley, and Lisa Sharon Harper.
URL: Indiana Faith and Writing Conference

Title: Ministry of Writing Colloquium
State: Indiana
Registration Due: 10/30/14
Conf. Dates:10/31/2014 - 11/1/2014
Info:The 2014 ESR Ministry of Writing Colloquium, "Writing and the Non-Violent Life" will feature keynote speaker Fr. John Dear and workshops on writing fiction, memoir, and poetry, among other topics.
URL: Ministry of Writing Colloquium

Title: Green River Writers, Inc. Annual Poetry Retreat
State: Kentucky
Registration Due: 10/25/14
Conf. Dates:11/20/2014 - 11/23/2014
Info:Features: Saturday afternoon workshop with George Eklund, reading that evening. Usual Number of participants: 20-25
URL: Green River Writers Retreat

Title: Words & Music, A Literary Feast in New Orleans
State: Louisiana
Registration Due: 10/1/14
Conf. Dates:11/20/2014 - 11/24/2014
Info:Words & Music, a Literary Feast in New Orleans, is five days of enlightenment and entertainment for writers and readers. Each year New Orleanians and out of town visitors are introduced to the festival's stunning array of headliners, including several Pulitzer Prize winners and winners of many other important literary honors, as well as New York Times bestselling fiction and non-fiction authors.
Confirmed dates for Words & Music, 2014 are November 20 through November 24 and the deadline for writers to submit manuscripts for critique by editors and agents is October 1. Writers seeking manuscript critiques must register prior to submission of manuscripts. Writers who register prior to September 1 will receive a $25 deduction on the posted Writers Tuition Package.
URL: Words & Music, A Literary Feast in New Orleans

Title: Las Vegas Writers Conference
State: Nevada
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:4/23/2015 - 4/25/2015
Info:Join fellow writer's, agents, publishers, and marketing experts for a weekend of workshops focused on the publishing industry.
URL: Las Vegas Writers Conference

Title: CLASS Christian Writers Conference
State: New Mexico
Registration Due: 9/1/14 (early bird)
Conf. Dates:10/23/2014 - 10/25/2014
Info:Keynote speaker - Dennis Hensley. Exciting features such as creating a conference book (leave with another writing credit), teen track, scholarships available and much, much more.
URL: CLASS Christian Writers Conference

Title: Tupelo Press “Perfect Ten” in Truchas
State: New Mexico
Registration Due: Limited to first 12 participants who enroll
Conf. Dates:10/31/2014 - 11/3/2014
Info:Mark Doty and Veronica Golos join Jeffrey Levine in a conference for poets of all levels, especially for those looking for new ways to write, revise, and get published. Do you have a finished manuscript that has been a semifinalist or finalist for contests, but hasn’t yet been discovered? Are you working on the completion of your first manuscript? Are you ready to explore new journals and readerships for your individual poems? Join a small group of like-minded poets for a weekend of creative regeneration.
URL: Tupelo Press “Perfect Ten” in Truchas

Title: Tony Hillerman Writers Conference
State: New Mexico
Registration Due: Online registration ends 11/5/14
Conf. Dates:11/6/2014 - 11/8/2014
Info:This unique conference provides incredible opportunities for new and established authors to promote their new books; it offers writers of all abilities and any genre the chance to learn about the craft and business of writing from award-winning authors and presenters; and it gives everyone the chance to network.
URL: Tony Hillerman Writers Conference

Title: Bang the Keys Writing Workshop
State: New York
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:10/1/2014 - 11/5/2014
Info:Occurs every Wednesday during this six-week period. This six-week workshop is meant for you if your goals are to create a writing routine/schedule that allows you to "show up" for your own ideas, develop methods for writing regularly and productively rather than just when the muse strikes, develop strategies to create and meet your own self-imposed deadlines, complete one short work in six weeks or come up with an ironclad outline for a longer project, and connect with supportive and dedicated fellow writers. Each week we will also focus on an aspect of revision, as well as other aspects of the craft of writing. Extreme meditation; in-class writing that will help you break through character and structure blocks you've had since the word "Brangelina" was invented and considered fresh; small, nurturing, talented group in need of a bigger horn section!
URL: Bang the Keys Writing Workshop

Title: Unicorn Writers' Conference
State: New York
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:3/14/2015 - 3/14/2015
Info:As valuable for published authors as it is for beginners! This conference covers the total story from craft to career. Meet industry shot-callers, get one-on-one feedback and learn little-known insider secrets to acing every department of a publishing company!
Make connections and get feedback with dozens of opportunities for one-on-one face time with industry insiders, including:
• One-on-one manuscript reading and feed-back sessions with agents and editors
• Networking breakfast, lunch and dinner
• After-conference networking party
URL: Unicorn Writer's Conference

Title: Millay Colony for the Arts
State: New York
Registration Due: 10/1/14 and 3/1/15
Conf. Dates:4/1/2015 - 11/1/2015
Info:Millay Colony offers 2 week to 1 month residencies to those who go through our selection process. Residencies include room, studio, and meals at no cost to the writer.
URL: Millay Colony for the Arts

Title: Byrdcliffe Artist-in-Residence Program
State: New York
Registration Due: March 15th, 2015
Conf. Dates:5/28/2015 - 9/22/2015
Info:Byrdcliffe's artist-in-residence program offers writers the opportunity to live and work at the historic Byrdcliffe Art Colony for a period of 4 weeks. Private room and studio provided.
URL: Byrdcliffe Artist-in-Residence Program

Title: The North Carolina Writers’ Network 2014 Fall Conference
State: North Carolina
Registration Due: 11/7/14
Conf. Dates:11/21/2014 - 11/23/2014
Info:Fall Conference attracts hundreds of writers from around the country and provides a weekend full of activities that include lunch and dinner banquets with readings, keynotes, tracks in several genres, open mic sessions, and the opportunity for one-on-one manuscript critiques with editors or agents. Conference faculty include professional writers from North Carolina and beyond.
URL: The North Carolina Writers’ Network 2014 Fall Conference

Title: Winter Wheat: The Mid-American Review Festival of Writing
State: Ohio
Registration Due: 11/13/14
Conf. Dates:11/13/2014 - 11/15/2014
Info:Winter Wheat features dozens of panels focusing on publishing, craft, and technique for writers of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Keynote readers include Sharona Muir, Anne Valente, Marcus Wicker, and Allison Joseph; Mid-American Review editors will also offer publishing insight.
URL: Winter Wheat

Title: Nimrod Journal's Conference for Readers and Writers
State: Oklahoma
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:10/24/2014 - 10/25/2014
Info:An all-day writing workshop with classes in poetry, fiction, memoir, young adult fantasy, finding a literary agent, and more, as well as one-on-one editing sessions, readings, and panel discussions. Key guests include Chris Abani, W. S. Di Piero, Roxana Robinson, Malinda Lo, Geffery Davis, and over 30 others.
URL: Nimrod Journal's Conference for Readers and Writers

Title: Windsor International Writers Conference
State: Ontario, Canada
Registration Due: 9/2-10/31: discounted price $500. Door price: $695
Conf. Dates:11/13/2014 - 11/16/2014
Info:Theme is Writing Across Boundaries. Featured keynotes: Nino Ricci, Naomi Ragen, Michael Greyeyes, Alistair MacLeod, Gord Kirkland, Tracy Beckerman, Connie Schultz, Rick Sykes, Carol Rehme and many, many more.
URL: Windsor International Writers Conference

Title: 24th Annual South Carolina Writers' Workshop Conference
State: South Carolina
Registration Due: 10/20/14
Conf. Dates:10/24/2014 - 10/26/2014
Info:The 24th annual South Carolina Writers’ Workshop will be held October 24-26, 2014, at the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach, S.C. with New York Times best-selling author Bob Mayer as the keynote speaker on Saturday night.

Faculty includes about 30 agents, editors, publishers, authors, as well as social media experts and industry-related vendors who will present workshops, panels, and slush-pile sessions.
URL: 24th Annual South Carolina Writers' Workshop Conference

Title: East Texas Christian Writers Conference
State: Texas
Registration Due: 10/17/14 (for discounted rate)
Conf. Dates:10/24/2014 - 10/25/2014
Info:The East Texas Christian Writers Conference seeks to encourage Christian writers by providing models of successful Christian writing, opportunities to develop the Christian writer's craft, and stimulation to join the growing ranks of Christian writers.
URL: East Texas Christian Writers Conference

Title: ALTA (American Literary Translators Association): Politics & Translation
State: Wisconsin
Registration Due: 10/15/14
Conf. Dates:11/12/2014 - 11/15/2014
Info:This year's annual gathering of literary translators, publishers, and other arts professionals working in literary translation will focus on politics and translation, with a keynote talk by Christopher Merrill, renowned poet and translator.
URL: ALTA: Politics & Translation

A free list of writing conferences for creative writers, complied and updated regularly by Writer’s Relief. Find a writers conference near you with this list of events for writers organized by state and date. With our list, you can find conferences that have various focuses: conferences for poets, novelists, fiction writers, nonfiction writers, Christian writers, Jewish writers, and more. Some conferences are organized around a central genre, such as literary writing, commercial writing, romance, science fiction, fantasy, thriller, mystery, crime, and more. Other writers conferences are geared toward a certain level of writer: some are exclusive and only for the best writers and others are open to writers who are new to the craft. At a writing conference, you’ll meet literary agents, editors, speakers, presenters, and other writers who share your passion. A writing conference is about learning to be a better writer and about learning the business of writing. We hope you’ll enjoy our free writing conference list and pass it along to your writer friends!

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